Title: The Prince He Loved
Author: Michael Barnette
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: A List
Up All Night Satisfaction
Blurb: Prince Raphael d’Alleven flees for his life after his family is murdered and the government of Alleven is taken over. Exhausted and unable to find a way off world, Raphael literally runs into his best hope for salvation: a genetically engineered soldier named Hadrian Ice. Ice hadn’t planned on taking service with anyone, but understanding the predicament Raphael finds himself in, Ice is unable to turn him away.
With bounty hunters on their trail and Vicount Alfonso Macchoine, scion of the House responsible for the coup, joining the hunt, it will take all of their combined skills to restore the government of Alleven to its rightful ruler, Raphael’s missing twin sister, Raphaella. As long as they don’t get killed first.
Review: Loved this book! It had action, adventure, sword-fighting, duels, treachery, romance, space travel, a vision of possible future worlds and cultures, genetically engineered super humans, kick ass fighters and just a whole lot of awesome.
I like an epic storyline. I really enjoy a complicated journey in a well crafted world. I love a hot romance where the men are tough yet sweet and can’t help falling in love. I like a story that can get me smiling and hot, sometimes in the same scene. This story had all of that and so much more.
Raphael is a fantastic mc. Innocently seductive, intelligent, sweet, vulnerable, strong, independent, capable, and unimpressed with his own stunning beauty. He can kick ass and fight his own battles yet he is able to look to and respect Ice in and out of the bedroom. His growth through the story was so much fun and so wonderful to witness. He had been through so much already when he finds Ice, who saves him and helps him to find himself. I adored that he was no helpless whiner who wrung his hands in the corner as the big man fought his battle. He was an asset and saved Ice when needed as well.
Their dynamic and the respect and care that they showed each other was beautiful. The heat between them was palpable and I was so glad when they finally gave in to it. They were breathtaking together. This book is worth reading for the happy naked scenes alone.
Ice was just, wow! He was the consummate Alpha male, he had actually been genetically engineered to be one. He was so sweet and tender with Raphael from the very beginning. I loved that even though he is a hardcore fighter he wasn’t harsh or cruel or oblivious. He wasn’t a thug or all brawn, but was instead a Soldier of the highest order. He was everything that Raphael needed and deserved.
The world building in this was very cool and totally fun. I loved the detail and the scenes that were painted for us. It was an interesting mix of cultures and eras spread over many planets and I had a great time experiencing their universe with these delectable men.
I recommend this book to all of you guys that love an epic journey into the future with men who try to right wrongs and save the day as they fall in love.
Reviewed by Nina